The Cowboys intend to get their money's worth out of Brandon Carr. Following a $50 million investment this offseason, that could mean he draws the weekly duty of defending a team's best wide receiver.
In years past, the Cowboys have preferred to keep their cornerbacks in the same spot, only rarely playing matchups. While No. 6 overall pick Morris Claiborne has the potential to one day play against the best of the best, week in and week out, he'll still be a rookie this year.
So if anybody is going to do it, Carr would be the guy. Moving him from the right side to the left this summer is pretty good preparation.
"He can play any spot," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "He's already played right, now he looks like he's a natural at left, so he can play anywhere we need him."
Carr's 6-0, 207-pound frame gives him a chance against the bigger wideouts that have given the Cowboys problems in recent years.
"I would think so," Ryan said. "But obviously we've got several corners that can play. We'll see how it goes, but if we need to shut somebody down, or put him on a bigger guy, necessarily, I'm sure Brandon would be up to the challenge."